New Orleans Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Medical malpractice arises when a doctor or healthcare provider provides a sub-standard or unreasonably poor level of care, causing an injury to the patient. Persons harmed as a result of medical malpractice may have a personal injury case against the doctors, hospitals or other healthcare providers who failed to provide an acceptable standard of care. The victim of the carelessness or the victim’s surviving family members may obtain compensation for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress and even wrongful death and loss of companionship.
Proving Medical Malpractice Cases
If you believe you have been the victim of medical malpractice, contact an experienced New Orleans medical malpractice attorney at J.C. Lawrence and Associates, LLC today. As the plaintiff in a medical malpractice case, you will have the burden of proving that your injuries were caused by substandard care in order to recover under Louisiana law. Our New Orleans medical malpractice attorneys will help you gather and introduce the evidence to prove the necessary elements of your case.
In order to obtain compensation from a doctor or healthcare provider for medical malpractice, you will need to prove the following:
- Duty of Care. You must prove that your doctor/healthcare provider owed you a duty of care by. Typically, proving this element of the case is not difficult because doctors and healthcare providers owe a professional duty of care to their patients. Therefore, establishing that you were a patient of the defendant(s) will satisfy this element.
- Deviation from the Standard of Care. The doctor or healthcare provider was negligent by not providing you the accepted standard of care. This is determined by comparing the care provided by your doctor/provider to the standard of care that a reasonable doctor or provider with a similar background and experience would have provided. If your provider behaved in an unreasonable or poor manner that is below the standard that a reasonable physician/provider in his position would have provided, then your doctor may be found negligent.
- Causation. The doctor’s negligence caused your injury and that your injury would not have happened but for the negligence or substandard care. Causation can be tricky to prove since doctors and providers often argue that any harm that you experienced was inevitable because of your medical condition and could not have been avoided even if the doctor had acted properly.
Medical malpractice cases require technical knowledge of medical terms, standards of care, costs and the causes of medical problems. Often you need to hire expert witnesses such as doctors and other medical professionals to testify in your case. The New Orleans medical malpractice attorneys at J.C. Lawrence and Associates, LLC know how to find the right experts and present the necessary evidence to make a strong medical malpractice case.
Contact a New Orleans Medical Malpractice Lawyer at J.C. Lawrence and Associates, LLC Today
Medical malpractice cases are one of the most complex types of personal injury cases to prove. They involve highly technical facts, rely on expert witnesses and present difficult causation issues. The dedicated New Orleans medical malpractice attorneys at J.C. Lawrence and Associates, LLC can help you build a persuasive case. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.